February 2019 edition of the PIGNI Newsletter

Chairperson report by Debbie Wallace

Welcome to our first Newsletter for 2019. I trust everyone has had a very enjoyable break over Christmas and NewYear.

2019 looks to be an exciting year ahead with  The Australian Pain Society Conference, Gold Coast, starting on Sunday 7thApril and then the PIGNI profesional day in October.

This year the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) will be launching ‘2019 Global Year of the Most Vulnerable’ Fact Sheets are available from the IASP Website Our PIGNI professional Day on October 25 has focussed on addressing this issue.

In December, I attended the Agency for Clinical Innovation held the Hip Fest/ Workshop looking at the Standards of Care for the management of Fractured Neck of Femur in NSW. Hospitals throughout NSW were represented and shared their Model of Care in the management of these vulnerable people. There still is a long way to go for all to meet the Standards of Care but it is promising.

For those who may not be aware, PIGNI is a Sub Group of the Australian Pain Society (APS) and as Chairperson, I have the honour of representing our Group on the APS Relationship and Communication Committee. Since assuming the role of Chairperson, we have been asked to comment on the up-scheduling of Modified Release of Paracetamol, the Royal Commission in Aged Car and  comment on the management of pain in facilities and suggestions for improvement. 

For those that are interested or wishing to know more about pain, there is a wealth of information and courses available to assist in broadening your knowledge in pain. I can still say I learn something new every day, and I have been involved in pain management for approximately 15-years now. Also, as PIGNI is YOUR association –we value your contributions and sharing of knowledge; so if you have any questions, or Research you are involved in, or looking at commencing, we are here to help.

Finally, it is a pleasure to be part of this wonderful group of Nurses who are improving the management of pain for our patients. If you know of a Nurse out there who is interested in pain I would strongly encourage them to become a member so our group, the exchange of knowledge and information continues to grow.

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